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Ambazonia News has secured a copy of the Address to the Nation delivered by President Marianta Njomia on 24th September 2022.
You have the chance to scrutinize it at leisure before you take up the challenge of securing our collective freedom and dignity.
The president lauded the collaboration that most of the RFs have engaged on GZ and promised to maintain the 90:10 (:0) ratio for dispensing the funds that Ambazonians sacrifice for the liberation of their homeland. That is, 90% to the RFs, 10% to the refugees welfare and resoundingly 0% in stipends for any Diaspora leader.
Action and Accountability will ensure that all funds collected and managed by the IG are dispatched post haste to serve the purpose rather than stock-piled to “prove” the success of fund-raising. Instead Action and Accountability will prove our collaboration in liberating our land and restoring the freedom and dignity of ours.
September has been momentous in the Ambazonian Liberation story.
The institutions of the IG have come under scrutiny and been found wanting. The RC failed first to follow the constitution in drawing up election rules, then disregarded even their feeble effort when persisting with the flawed “electoral process”. Credibility was down to zero when the Constituent Assembly finally did the decent thing.
As if that was not enough, the “bombshell” of La Republique du Cameroun withdrawing from the Swiss Process fell! The question to ask was when were they in it? Never mind. They were withdrawing! What had they achieved to gain the confidence to finally thumb their nose at their International Partners in such a public and boastful way? Ambazonia News is keeping ears to the ground and eyes peeled to find out as the story is bound to unfold sure enough in the future.
Having decided against “endorsing by taking part in” the “elections” Marianta is following the wishes expressed in the Constituent Assembly to resume her presidency while relevant institutions are created. It is Ambazonia News’ speculation that her address will be convincing and cover key issues in the Liberation Struggle.
The Transition IG’s most resonant policy was/is Building Bridges. The president will have to address and expound on it to suggest ways for all the components of the Liberation Struggle to engage and use the ideas.
The president has proved to be a listening leader when it comes to views from GZ. The latest development in GZ has been the increasing number of Ambazonians taking their dignity and freedom in hand by running Community Educational Institutions. The President, being an educator and a parent will sympathise with the wishes of Ambazonian parents on GZ to see their children continue to develop and avail themselves of the opportunities that children the world over are afforded. She may offer some reassurances on finding ways to ensure that the communtiy provision can culminate in valid qualifications which do not depend on La Rupublique du Cameroun. That will be difficult but, it needs to be acknowledged that Ambazonian children cannot be allowed to lose out.
Having kept her counsel throughout the vicious “electoral” process, this could be the President’s opportunity, should she feel it is appropriate to start lifting the veil on some of the issues or some of the remedies being sought as the Ambazonian Liberation moves forward.
What about the action moving forward? After “speeches” September comes October. How are we going to mark our independence day?
What do you want to ask?
Drop a comment or question and, who know… The President might come across it!
Where to watch the address and other IG communications.
On this day in 2017 Ambazonians rose as one, armed with peace plants, to say “Enough is enough!” La Republique du Cameroun laugh in their faces “Vous allez faiire quoi?”
Five years on, La Republique is not laughing and Ambazonia has made notable strides despite many mistakes and stumbles which could be directly attributed to lack of experience and sheer unpreparedness.
If you read this please comment to give your perspective of the progress towards Ambazonian Liberation in the last five years
The IG has issued a statement in reaction to the much-trumpeted withdrawal of La Republique du Cameroun from the Swiss-mediated Process, which they were never in!
The IG, remains available to participate in a negotiation under the following conditions:
1. Neutral Third Party Mediation
Any negotiations would have to be mediated by a neutral third party. The IG thanks the Swiss Foreign Ministry and HD for their efforts and assures them they remain open to the only logical solution.
2. Broad-based representation
The IG also reiterates that the negotiations would need to involve a broad-based representation of Ambazonian Liberation groups.
3. Two separate states of equal status
The IG reminds the International Partners that Ambazonia (Southern Cameroons) is a separate state from the state of La Republique du Cameroun and that it would be unsustainable to participate in a “National” dialogue great or small as that would imply the genocidal war being waged on Ambazonia by the state of La Republique du Cameroun was “internal”.
The IG has issued a statement to condemn the latest war crimes committed by La Republic du Cameroun militias in Ambazonia.
It happened in Nchang in Manyu County on Friday 16th of September 2022 when, in addition to burning the church, the militias abducted five priests and a nun.
The IG also reminds the International Community of the continue para-military detention of Community Leader and Muslim Scholar Abdul Karim Ali who was abducted in Bamenda and is still in detention without charge or trial.
The old saying goes, paraphrased, “No good crying over spilt milk”. It is much less good crying over someone else’s spilt milk or spilt milk that one never had … or over only a mirage of spilt milk.
There has been a rush to claim wisdom and good judgement with hindsight for not being intimately involved with the “process”. Some who could not cope with team work may now seek to extol their prophetic instincts in not taking the “process” seriously and point fingers at others for being naïve in giving the “process” higher importance than it deserved. Whatever the case, Ambazonia News never expected Ambazonia to come of out the “process” with any favourable or advantageous positions or genuine acquisitions at this stage of the struggle with the current balance of power. Certainly much less so, at the time of the setup of the “process” when Ambazonia was much less powerful, to pursue the power-balance argument. As always suspected, LRC, certainly, and possibly the “misunderstood partners”, were playing for time with the hope that wariness would account for the Ambazonia Liberation struggle and that “normalcy” would return and they would not have to do anything profound.
Shooting into school-run traffic: act of a party who wants to negotiate?
During the time of the “process” La Republique du Cameroun has continued to burn villages and massacre civilians in Ambazonia. They have continued their 60-year practice of cattling [this is not a word but expresses the idea!] the people of Ambazonia with armed check-points every mile of “road”. One of these check-points was actually constructed and inaugurated during this period in Bafut, to believe the reports at the time! The high-profile acts on these check-points in recent times were the killings of the two school girls with weeks of each other in Buea and then in Bamenda. In addition to these constant visual tools of intimidation and extortion on Ambazonian citizens generally and stealthily taxing them to pay for the militias to oppress them, La Republique du Cameroun also went even further and orchestrated massacres in villages. These were direct assaults by their militias, which were first denied and then acknowledged as “bavures” committed by individual militiamen or commanders. Do any of these acts, in their sheer volume and frequency, speak to a party that has any intention of a peaceful negotiated resolution? Has La Republique du Cameroun ever previously stated for the record anywhere that they were engaged in any “contacts”?
Why Now? What should Ambazonia do?
Having never acknowledged any engagement, and in fact denied for the record in the past, why is La Republique du Cameroun now making a big circus of “withdrawing from the Swiss-Process”? What conditions have aligned to convince their strategists that now is the time to break cover about playing for time? This acknowledgement, even by the peripheral figure of Mr JD Momo, went into boastful details of how Mr Biya had cleverly played the Ambazonian “Leaders” and eased the pressure from International partners. So the sage of Etoudi managed, to believe Mr Momo’s analysis (boasts), to out-wit all the parties who allowed their names to be associated with the “process”, viz. Canada, Switzerland, UK, USA and others. Really!
Ambazonia News believes that the international partners who “backed” the process probably had a self-interest in seeing the “crisis” die of wariness if it could. They certainly were not “played” by the clever Mr Biya, who couldn’t “play” a primary school child if he wanted, given his state of health over this period! Ambazonia should understand that those parties have no interest one way or the other and are not against Ambazonia per se. Neither are they against or for La Republique du Cameroun!
La Republique du Cameroun has used up that card now and burnt bridges with the “victim” International Partners so Ambazonia should take advantage. Ambazonian Leaders have always insisted we wanted independence but been nudged towards the possibility of a peaceful negotiated settlement, which, being a negotiation, would inevitably accrue only a lesser position! Ambazonian Leaders would not expect LRC to come to negotiate and agree to independence for Ambazonia! Now that Mr Momo has made it clear that the international partners cannot take Mr Biya’s or LRC’s word and declared LRC is not interested in a negotiation, Ambazonia’s position is strengthened when it comes to any considerations about possible negotiations.
For now Ambazonians on the ground should continue to exercise and enjoy their dignity. They should collaborate with the Restoration Forces and among themselves to live independence and dignity. They should engage with Community Education that they control for the true benefit of their children. That is a key and important milestone in breaking the colonialism that is the link with LA Republique du Cameroun. Ambazonian children will gain certificates which give them true access to social advancement, unlike the current racket which La Republique runs where parents have to pay bribes for the right to access an inadequate education, gain value-less certificates and then become unemployed and excluded unless their parents make additional financial sacrifices in pseudo competitions that the Ambazonia children should have won fairly.
Viability of Negotiations and when
La Republique du Cameroun is very unlikely to come to the negotiation table except at the very last opportunity. The legal positions militate against LRC. There is no union treaty so LRC is only exercising de fact authority over Ambazonia. As soon as any negotiations kick off, LRC has acknowledged Ambazonian sovereignty and the notion of granting any favours to Ambazonia would dissipate. LRC knows this and most international partners know it. They just hope that time will account for our Liberation struggle and that the de facto status quo would prevail.
To change this fate, Ambazonia must continue to expel all vestiges of LRC influence from our land and “behave” and “live” free.
The Most High God is the Watch Man of Our Nation!
This prayer is answered every time there is any slight doubt. Ambazonia’s focus now is on the one course to freedom – the forcible ejection of LRC from our lives and lands. There is no need to pause to say “I knew” or “I told you so!”. To quote Jimmy Cliff, “Our hearts are set; Our minds made up; We’ll never stop; Our faith will see us through”.
In a planned follow-up Constituent General Assembly the Ambazonia Peace Plan has reviewed the Restoration Council’s response to the APP resolutions 1 to 6 of 3rd September 2022.
Meeting on 15th September 2022 the APP CGA noted that the defunct Restoration, which had already been deemed failing under its Terms of Reference and declared defunct, had persisted in staging an irregular opaque process in defiance of the APP’s previous resolutions.
The APP had objected to vague and inappropriate clauses in the Election Modalities; the failure to submit the document to be enacted by the Executive; the opacity of the electoral list which had also not been duly released during the “election process”; and the general operations of the Election Commission of Ambazonia (ECA) which exceeded its purported remit by defending the Modalities rather than just applying them. This latter act promoted the general attitude of the RC in refusing to right the short-comings of the process, thereby nullifying the whole processes and resulting in a waste of already scarce resources and energies. It should be noted that the failure to enact the Modalities rendered the existence of the ECA null and void as it had no legal Terms of Reference, even if it also then engaged in campaigning in its “educational briefing events” and “election debates”.